UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award

History of the Award

In the spirit of collaboration across units, colleges, and academic/community boundaries, the Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program have established the UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award for research by University of Kentucky students focused in and on the Appalachian region, especially toward furthering the conversation on sustainable futures in the region. Named after longtime UK historian Ronald D. Eller and longtime UK sociologist Dwight B. Billings, the award seeks to encourage and promote cutting-edge research across disciplines. 

2019 Award Information

The 2019 UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award supports students who are involved in research studies focused in and on the Appalachian region. To be eligible for this award of up to $1,000, students are actively enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at the University of Kentucky. Funding may be used for travel expenses, supplies, and other research-related costs. Students from all disciplines encouraged to apply. Several awards were given this funding cycle. Applications for the 2019 James S. Brown Graduate Student Award for Research on Appalachia that were NOT funded were automatically entered into the competition for the 2019 UK Appalachian Center Eller & Billings Student Research Award. 

Recipients were asked to give an update on their research in a SWAP (Sharing Work on Appalachia in Progress) Presentation with Appalachian Studies faculty and students during the 2019-2020 academic year. Recipients will provide a copy of their presentation to be shared with the wider Appalachian Studies community. 

Applications for the 2020 Eller & Billings Award will open in Fall 2019.


2019 Award Recipients:

Carson Benn, History, Appalachia on the Airwaves: A History of Public Television in the Southern Mountains

Anna Maria Branduzzi, Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences, Increasing Diversity of Native Plants on Mineland Restoration Sites

Kathryn Greene, Biology, Dispersal and Persistence of Amphibian Populations in an Altered Landscape 

Emily Keaton, Sociology, The Archetype of the "Appalachian Strong Woman’": The Relative Existence of Matriarchy in Appalachia

Katherine Love, Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences, Assessing the Climate Water Balance Model's Ability to Predict Soil Moisture Variability and Species Distribution at Fine Scales

2018 Award Recipients:

Emma Kiser, History, Protecting Old-Growth Kentucky: Toward an Environmental History of Blanton Forest

Michaela Lambert, Forestry and Natural Sciences, Factors Affecting Amphibian Abundance and Species Richness in Created Wetlands on a Reforested Surface Mine

Jillean McCommons, History, Black Appalachian Identity in the Era of Black Power

Julia Miller, Sociology, Let's Not Do Anything Drastic: School Consolidation as a Case Study in Urbanormativity

Kahyah Pinkman, School Psychology, Appalachian African American Parents of a Child with Autism: Examining Service Provider Interactions and Parent Interpretation of Child Development

Vira Pravosud, Public Health, Exceptional Survival Among Kentucky Stage IV Lung Cancer Patients: Appalachian versus Non-Appalachian Populations

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